Rockets set to host Warriors for Western Conference Finals
- Author: Julie Sanders May 15, 2018,
May 15, 2018, 1:53
Well, to start, interminable.
Shaun Livingston emphasized that's why a change of scenery for Game 1 is good for them. In the playoffs, the Rockets have had the league's best turnover rate, largely because their attack is simple when compared to pass-happy teams like the Warriors.
The Rockets won the regular series with the defending National Basketball Association champions 2-games-to-1 and raced off to the league's best record. "And we haven't shown that yet and that's the doubt in most people's minds, until you show it they don't know.so we've just got to beat them and show them we can do it". "They make it hard to guard them". But when Playoff Paul was needed, he stepped up in a big way.
"I believe we have a team capable of winning a championship".
"No, I like where we are", Kerr said. I can't wait to find out.
"We are going to see if they are going to be able to adjust and at times be uncomfortable", said Kenny Smith, TNT analyst and two-time champion with the Rockets.
Trevor Ariza stands out as a key for the Rockets in this series. If things going according to plan, Capela will defend the Warriors' smaller players well and dominate the paint on offense as he done all playoffs long.
"It's not the norm, but I like it", said Livingston. Because the casino is owned by Tilman Fertitta - who also bought the Houston Rockets for $2.2 billion in September - it stopped taking bets on the Rockets, which is standard practice to eliminate any conflict of interest.
The Golden State Warriors are still the favorites to win this series. "He's been out since the first quarter of Game 1, so it's like, do we even know who they would have (become)?"
The Rockets are good.
If these numbers hold true in this series, the Rockets should wind up heading to the NBA Finals. Everything else is noise.
The duo have done battle in the playoffs before but never at this stage as Paul will be competing in the conference finals for the first time in his career.
Houston has the fifth-best record of any playoff-series opponent faced by a defending champion. There are a lot of caveats and qualifiers in those comments.
All of that, however, probably won't be enough for them to get by Golden State. Really, both teams have barely experienced much competition in their first two series. "You just can't ever make a mistake and they make you pay in a way very few teams ever have".
Missing it would at least be a viable excuse.
Will Steve Kerr start the "Hamptons 5" again?
While members of the CBS Sports the panel mentioned a variety of reasons for picking the Warriors over the Rockets, they pointed to only one big reason-LeBron James-as to why the Cavs would be the "East's Best".
Deep down, Paul knows that - he must.